Thinking of the injunction in James to “count it all joy” I remembered the Christmas Prayer I chose last year.
FRA GIOVANNI'S CHRISTMAS PRAYER
I salute you!
There is nothing I can give you which you have not;
but there is much that,
while I cannot give, you can take.
No heaven can come to us
unless our hearts find rest in it today.
No peace lies in the future
which is not hidden in the present moment.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow;
behind it, yet within our reach is joy.
And so, at this Christmas time,
I greet you, with the prayer that for you,
now and forever,
the day breaks and the shadows flee away.
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